This book is a first person account, a grandmother narrating her life’s story to her granddaughter. Anita Diamant has created a very believable voice in the character of this grandmother. Although Addie Baum is Jewish, her ethnic voice could just as easily be Italian or Greek.
Addie’s story is typical of her generation, with a twist. She is born to immigrant parents, grows up in a tightly knit ethnic community in Boston, lives through World War I and the flu epidemic, and is constrained by the social expectations of marriage and motherhood (and not much else).
Throughout the book, there are believable anecdotes that could apply to hundreds of women of Addie’s time. A troubled relationship with a mother who’s impossible to please, a few botched romances, an eventually satisfactory marriage to a good man, and a lifetime of deep bonds with close woman friends. Well worth your time.